When it comes to lean, light meat packed with nutrients, few options beat chicken breasts. Cheap and extremely easy to prepare, chicken breasts pack around 30g of protein in 200 calories, between 3 and 7g of fat (very little of which is saturated), and little to no cholesterol. In other words, you get an extremely healthy piece of meat.
I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love chicken. Even women who don’t like meat much can’t resist the flavor of chicken. There are so many variations on what you can do with chicken breasts, and I would love to share some recipes with you. All of them are healthy versions, and they require little to no cooking experience.
We start with some of the spicy variations. Soy sauce is a welcome addition to the kitchen. And while you’ll find many recipes with pork and beef with soy sauce, it works well with chicken too. Ginger oil gives a certain sharpness and edge, but there are also scallions. As with soy sauce, scallions are usually reserved for pork tenderloins, but they make a nice addition to chicken as well.
Crock pot meals are the favorite meals of people who work very long days. I admit that I’m not a big fan of 40 cloves of garlic, but that was before I tried the recipe. Once I tasted it, I understood that garlic gives just an edge to the chicken breasts. And you don’t have to eat the garlic.
If you know anything about Thai cuisine, then you know that it comes with a variety of herbs and spices. Herbs are the main attribute of Thai cuisine, and all those herbs make the chicken burgers taste delicious. Throw in some homemade ketchup, and you’ve got yourself a healthy version of a junk food recipe.
Speaking of foreign cuisines, we can’t ignore Indian cuisine (after all, chicken is one of the integral parts of Indian cuisine). Chicken curry, anyone? But don’t underestimate jalfrezi, another genuine Indian cuisine recipe. The difference is jalfrezi involves frying “marinated” pieces of meat or fish. And that is the main difference between jalfrezi and curry.
Yes, chicken breasts can make their way into the pizza world as well. It all comes down to the pastry and what you use as ingredients for the pizza. A lot of people don’t know that, and underestimate pizza as a healthy meal. But once you have veggies and some good chicken, pizza is very much a welcomed addition to the healthy world.
The trick with this dish is to find the perfect balance when roasting the chicken. You don’t want to overdo it, as your chicken breasts need to come out soft, moist and creamy. If you like, you can try something else for the stuffing (instead of just pepper).
I’m sure you’re thinking: a common apple and chicken? I accept ricotta—after all, it is close to mozzarella—but apples? Well, just take a leap of faith and try it. I bet you’ve never eaten a chicken dish that is as moist and creamy as this one. And no, apples and figs do not make this dish a dessert.